‘Best defence the key to Wanderers revival’
Six conceded in 10 games gives Chairboys perfect platform
Hanlon, Dean Gavin and Yusef Seodi kept Maclay in the hunt.
In the Premier Division, goals from Luke Smith (2), Lee Clark, George Dear and Alfie Cumber saw title challengers Chalfont Saints rout Eldorado 5-0, while in Division One Chiltern Chargers and Old Belmont took advantage of their rivals’ cup duties to improve their league standings.
Chargers overcame SFG Stone thanks to goals from Jack Gilling (2) and Ash Nathan, with Ediz Beyaz and Danny Taylor replying for Stone, while George King (2), Steve Wood and Tony Holmes ensured Old Belmont edged past Magpies 91 Reserves 4-3, despite replies from George Larkin (2) and Ben Harwood. AARON Pierre admits tightening up at the back has been a key factor in Wycombe Wanderers’ remarkable renaissance this season.
Having narrowly escaped the drop into the Conference on the final day of last season, Saturday’s 1-0 win over Cambridge sees Gareth Ainsworth’s men sitting pretty in second in the League Two table.
It also meant another clean sheet for Pierre and co, who have only shipped six goals in 10 league games this season, giving them the best defensive record in the entire Football League.
Paul Hayes proved to be the match winner on the hour mark at Adams Park and the home side made sure of the three points by comfortably defending their slender lead at the other end.
Pierre said: “We’re defensively a lot better than we were last season.
“We killed the game on Saturday by pressing high up the pitch too. That requires a team effort and, as a team, we try to work hard.”
Wycombe will be looking to keep their good form going and grab another clean sheet when they visit Northampton on Saturday.
The fixture induced fond memories for Pierre, as it was against the Cobblers that he scored his first senior goal last April to secure a vital point in their battle for survival.
“That was my favourite goal so far in my life,” said the 21-yearold. “And the fact that it helped us stay up in the long run made it even more special.”
Northampton, however, have experienced a similar renaissance this campaign, sitting just four points behind Wycombe in the play-off positions, and Pierre expects a tough encounter.
He added: “We are just going to go and do the same things we did this week and last week. Just stick to our plans and hopefully get the right result.
“We are still the underdogs, we are not going to fancy ourselves beating anyone easily.
“We will just have hard.”
Aaron Pierre (right), celebrating his fifirst senior goal in April, says Wycombe are defensively better this season